-In the days of Johoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, God sent Jeremiah to the Rechabites with a message to bring into the house of the LORD and to give them wine to drink. The issue here was a family command that they have received from their forefathers, namely a man of God, Igdaliah. They had been commanded in their family not to drink wine forever as to their sons, wives, or daughters. They were nomads dwelling in tents, and they did not build houses or plant crops or vineyards. This was done for dwelling long in the land and for mobility and agility (ability to move with quick easy grace, resourceful, adaptable, Jeremiah 35:6-7). The Rechabites had persisted in obedience to this familial order all their days and were now being used as an example to contrast with the disobedience, spiritually speaking, in Israel and Judah in particular. God had spoken to His people again and again through His servants the prophets, but they would not amend their evil ways and deeds to turn back to Him in repentance. They went after other gods in rebellion and distrust, which would now bring disaster upon them all because they refused to listen and answer when God called them for potential blessing (Jeremiah 35:8-17). For the obedient Rechabites, the reward would be great as they would have a man of theirs before the LORD forever for their obedience (Jeremiah 35:18-19). *Application* We see here the importance of being compliant for the favor and blessing of God Almighty. Listen to the voice of your authorities and heed their commands. The ultimate obviously is the LORD, which has eternal value. Do not turn unto your own systems and situational values. Follow the ancient Godly paths (Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15).
Verse to Memorize: Jeremiah 35:15